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Meet Your Match®

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New Beginnings


Adoption Hours at ARF
2890 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek

Wednesday & Thursday
Noon - 6 pm
Noon - 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday
Noon - 6 pm

Early-bird sign-ins available Wed. - Fri. at 9 am

Adoption fees:
Cat FREE for a limited time
There's a Cat For That
Kitten under 6 months $125
For a limited time, 2 kittens for the price of 1!
Dog $225
Puppy under 6 months $250
Select animals have pre-paid fees.

Credit or debit card and cash are accepted. No checks please.

BONUS: Dogs and Puppies include a 50% discount on their first six week session of manners training classes.

Meet Your Match® is a program of the ASPCA®.


Find Your New Best Friend

Meet Your Matchâ„¢Meet Your Match® (MYM) Canine-ality™ and Puppy-ality™ helps adopters find the perfect canine for their home and lifestyle. MYM helps match a dog’s behaviors and interests with an adopter’s preferences to assist in ensuring a successful transition into their new forever home.

Canine-ality™ begins with an initial MYM SAFER™ (Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming) behavior screening to make sure each pooch is a good candidate for adoption. Dogs are then tested on their friendliness, playfulness, energy level, motivation and drive, and placed into one of nine color-coded Canine-alities™. A “Life of the Party” canine thinks everything is fun, interesting and meant for play, and will keep guardians on their toes; a “Wallflower” is looking for a guardian with a relaxed lifestyle; and should an adopter be searching for a secure, low maintenance relationship they should consider a “Constant Companion”.

ARF also knows how hard it is choosing a puppy that will be compatible with an adopter’s lifestyle and it’s very difficult to predict how puppies less than six months old will behave with their new families. Puppy-ality™ was developed to help set adopters up for success from the moment their new puppy arrives home. A “King of the Mountain” puppy is self-educated with a splash of ambition; while a “Class Clown” seeks a good-humored soul mate guardian ready to let the good times roll; and a “Day Dreamer” is an easy-going, relaxed pup looking laid-back human for mutually low stress relationship.

Here at ARF, MYM can help make dreams come true.

There are nine different canine-alities.

constant companion constant companion
Looking for an emotionally secure, mutually satisfying, low-maintenance relationship? I am all you need. Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever.
couch potato couch potato
Like the easy life? Then I’m the perfect match for you. I’m a relaxed, laid back kind of dog who enjoys long naps, watching movies, curling up on laps, and walking very short distances from the couch to the food bowl and back.
teacher's pet teacher's pet
I’ve got the whole package — smart, fuzzy, four legs, love to learn and live to please. Go ahead, teach me anything. Sit, stay, balance your checkbook, I can do it all. Keep me entertained and I’ll be yours forever.
wallflower wallflower
Shy yet charming canine searching for patient owner with relaxed lifestyle. Looking for gentle guidance to help me come out of my shell. Treat me sweet and kind and I'll blossom.
goofball goofball
I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a great sense of humor and some time to spend with me. I’m on a mission to please you.
busy bee busy bee
I’m a naturally playful, curious and trusting canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me something to do. After my job’s done, I’ll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings.
life of the party life of the party
I think everything is fun, interesting and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do, too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes, and the fun is guaranteed.
free spirit free spirit
Intelligent, independent, confident and clever, I prefer making my own decisions but will listen to you if you make a good case. We’re partners in this adventure. Treat me like one and we’ll both live happily ever after.
go-getter go-getter
Want to get more exercise? Action is my middle name. My “LET’S GO!” lifestyle will keep you motivated to get outside and move. I’ve got tons of energy, and just like the sun, I’m burning and working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’ll run for miles, chase a ball for hours, and still want to play at the end of the day.

There are nine different puppy-alities.

day dreamer
Easy-going relaxed pup seeks laid-back human for mutually low-stress relationship. Must see the bowl as half-full, enjoy leisurely games of fetch followed by a quick snack and two-hour nap, and be willing to explore the joys of relaxing together.
the detective
It’s elementary, my dear assistant...let’s unravel the mysteries of the world together. I simply use my trusty nose and my natural taste for details. You simply offer any leads you might have. Together we’ll solve every mystery that comes our way.
It’s the first day of school and, boy oh boy, am I nervous! I’m not sure where to sit, when we eat or even where the bathroom is. All I need is a person I can trust to show me the ropes. Will you be my mentor and show me around?
bashful tourist
So this is my first time on my own and jeez, did you know the world is a really big and kind of scary place (especially when you don’t speak the language)? With the right translator, I know I can learn my way around. Until I get familiar with the place, let me stay right by your side, or maybe just a little behind you.
class clown
Class clown seeks good-humored soulmate ready to let the good times roll. My playful jokes, love of all things chewable and slapstick comedy will keep you and your friends doubled over laughing for hours. When I hog the spotlight, just let me know the joke’s over and I’ll settle down.
the rookie
Young self-starter looking for an inspirational coach to take us to the top. I’ve got the whole package — brains, good looks, and loads of raw talent — and I’m ready to use them. Teach me, praise me, and I guarantee I’ll make you proud at home, on walks, or competing in the field.
king of the mountain
I’m self-educated with a splash of ambition. As canine royalty, I like to set the rules. Explain a better way though, and I’ll give you due consideration. I’m really looking to share my throne with a hard-working, confident, and full-of pep human.
I’m an all-purpose pup ready to commit 110%. When there’s a crumb dropped, I’ll be there to pick it up for you. When there’s a hole that needs to be dug, I’ll be there with all four feet. When someone needs a buddy to run miles with, I’ll be there with leash in tow. Commit 100% to me, and I’ll be yours forever.
WOO-HOO! This is so cool. Have you tried this ride called LIFE yet? It’s got all these great twists and turns and so many neat things to play with like balls, fleece toys, rawhides, socks, pant legs, fingers — and so many neat people to meet — you, your friends, your friends’ friends, and the friends of your friends’ friends. Jump on board and we’ll have a blast together!

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